Just like that our wedding has come and gone. It was the best day of my life and I’ve never experienced such joy and happiness! I will admit however that it was also the fastest day of my life—it literally went by in a blink—which is ironic to think about given that I spent over a year planning this one day! Now I’m left with so many good memories and, with photos just sent to me from my photographer, lots of pictures to help capture those experiences and memories in a more tangible way. I’m so looking forward to sharing these photos with you in an upcoming blog post or two, but for now wanted to share something I got asked quite a bit as a bride-to-be: what we wanted as a wedding gift.
I get it—it’s an awkward, almost taboo discussion made even more difficult by our decision to not have a registry. But more and more these days, with high cost of rent and couples living together prior to getting married, registries don’t seem as necessary as they may have been traditionally. So with that in mind, wanted to share 5 gifts newlyweds actually want that will help you avoid those awkward discussions and bring a smile to the faces of the newlywed couple:
- A Meal Delivery Service: You’ve heard me wax poetic about Fresh Prep before but I cannot say enough about how much of a lifesaver meal delivery services are. Weddings are stressful leading up to the big day, but a lot of people forget all the chaos that ensues afterwards. Family is still in town, your home is likely a mess and the last thing you’ll want to do after a year (or more) of planning is plan what you’re eating for dinner. Be the hero to your bride and groom, and get them a subscription to a meal delivery service. My favourite, of course, is Fresh Prep: their meals are healthy, customizable and offer such a wide variety of meals that even the pickiest person would find something they’d like. If you’re hesitant, use my code “ANAFRESH18” to get your first 3 meals on me. I promise you won’t be disappointed!
- Items on their Registry: We chose not to go the registry route. Reid and I have been living together for over 7 years and have accumulated more than enough stuff for our tiny apartment to handle. That being said, many couples do have one or more registries. If that’s the case, rejoice! You know exactly what they want, and based on your budget, you can find the perfect gift for the couple. Yes, 12 elephant-shaped saucers may seem ridiculous to you but at the end of the day, it’s what they want and ultimately what will bring them joy.
- Cash: This is the most taboo item on my list. Many frown on giving money, calling it “impersonal,” “tacky,” or even “thoughtless.” As a full disclosure, this is what we asked for. As I mentioned above, we have everything we could possibly want, but after blowing our budget on the wedding we needed assistance with our honeymoon. We clearly stated when and where we were going, and that all cash given would be going directly towards our honeymoon as opposed to squirelling for a rainy day. If you go this route, the key to keeping it classy is to explicitly state what you’re trying to achieve, i.e. a kitchen renovation, a dream vacation to Bora Bora, or even business class tickets (hey, it’s your honeymoon after all!). That way your guests will feel as if they’re contributing to an experience and not handing you cash in an impersonal way.
- Appliances: There are always certain guests who, despite registries or you explicitly asking for cash, will always want to give you something unique or personal. In many cases they’ll want to give you an appliance, as that’s something helpful and extra special (i.e. something beyond what you’d typically buy for yourself). For example, I asked for a KitchenAid Cold Brew Coffee Maker. Yes, I already have a regular coffee maker but this is ten steps above that and here’s why: it makes drinking your cold brew an extra special treat. I’ve been using mine for the past couple of weeks and let me tell you, it’s like you’re drinking heaven. There’s something about pouring ice cold coffee into a glass with ice and milk, and luxuriously sipping it as an afternoon pick-me-up, especially during these warm summer days. I can’t recommend this appliance enough, so if you have one of those family members (because let’s face it, they typically are family) who just has to get you a gift of your choosing, this one will not disappoint! Don’t believe me? Check out my pictures below!
- Something Personal: All the items on my list so far has all involved some type of budget. Having said that, I recognize that some people aren’t able to manage that—and that’s 100% ok.If you do want do something small, then make something personal—it’s the thought that counts! A framed photo collage of the two of you, a personalized mug or even a handmade card goes a long way. But ultimately, as cheesy as it sounds, the gift is your presence and having you at their special day should be more than enough for any bride or groom.
Thank you to KitchenAid Canada for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.